Come holiday shopping time, the glut of year-end roundups can actually work in your favor. This month, a number of websites have posted shortlists of potential gifts for people who know more about food than you:
In addition to five biggies (David Chang, Frank Bruni, etc.) that made it onto Publishers' Weekly's end-of-year list, the magazine released a separate "Best Food Books of 2009" filled with lesser-pimped, smart, and well-written cookbooks.
Paris-based food writer David Lebovitz recently posted a quirky, personal list of his favorite food books of the year; it's heavy on baking, Francophile, and blogger-written books. Surely you know a French bakery blogger. Everyone does.